Arthur (PG-13)

★★☆☆☆

Who, exactly, other than Russell Brand’s agent, was clamoring for a remake of Arthur, the 1981 rom-com about a spoiled, drunken playboy millionaire? This glossy, bland update is inoffensive enough—and elevated by a wonderful Helen Mirren in the role that won John Gielgud an Oscar—but Brand’s brash charm is nowhere to be found; his Arthur is so innocent and developmentally arrested that he might as well be starring in a remake of Big.

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